Reflection of this conflict was apparent in the American ethos, in which Americans feared that if “world communism captur[ed] any American state…a new and perilous front…will increase the danger to the entire free world and require even greater sacrifices from the American people” (Document B). As illustrated by Eisenhower, “the hysteria” of communism propagating into American society and threatening the American way of life was a very prevalent fear at the forefront of the Cold War (Document A). McCarthyism, a system established by Senator Joseph McCarthy in which he made unsubstantiated accusations of subversion or treason to America, acted as the culmination of this hysteria, directly reflecting the sentiments driving the American people. Eisenhower did not engage in any domestic policies to quell these “multiplicity of fears” (Document A). Instead he compounded them with legislation such as the “National System of Interstate and Defense Highways…connect[ing] 209 of the 247 cities having a population of 50,00 more and [serving as] the country’s principal…defense” (Document D).
is responsible for Nicaraguan Revolution at a much greater extent in comparison to other causes increasing poverty and inequality of income distribution. With The Republic of Nicaragua v. The United States of America (1986) ruling of US’s violation of the international law by supporting the Contras in their rebellion against the Nicaraguan government (one of US’s involvement) further displayed the United States’ involvements in Nicaragua as the primary cause responsible for the Nicaraguan Revolution during the 20th century. Nicaraguan revolution continues to be a growing source of debate within the United States - controversy centering on the nature and goals of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the guerrilla organization which took power when the Somozas fled. Related to this has been the ongoing problem of shaping a U.S. policy response to Nicaragua and determining the relationship between events in that country and the turmoil in the rest of Central America. The main debates between historians/commentators on the subject (US intervention mainly responsible for Nicaraguan Revolution) – “During the 1980s both the FSLN and the Contras received large amounts of aid from the Cold War super-powers, respectively, the Soviet Union and the United States” (Uppsala Conflict Data
This was the start of the first Red Scare throughout the country. The Cold War was a direct conflict of ideas between Democracy and Communism. International politics were heavily shaped by the intense rivalry between these two great blocs of power and the political ideologies they represented: democracy in the case of the United States and its allies, and Communism in the case of the Soviet bloc. While the United States accused the USSR of seeking to expand Communism in Europe and Asia, the USSR viewed itself as the leader of history 's progressive forces and charged the United States with attempting to stamp out revolutionary activity wherever it arose. In 1946 and 1947, russia/solviet union helped bring Communist governments to power in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and
They had resources, people, money, and power while Europe was greatly damaged. The whole conflict started with the Soviet Union being communist and the U.S. being capitalist. The U.S. was afraid of communism spreading through Europe and the rest of the world, so we started “fighting” the USSR in many indirect ways. There were many differences in opinions between the two countries, and that led to many different conflicts,
These accusations caused loss in Hollywood business because Americans began to be fearful that Hollywood was communist and they didn 't want to give any of their money to people who were not of what they believed. Even though some believe that HUAC was the main cause to the Red Scare, I believe Senator Joseph McCarthy caused more of a scare due to his accusations of the United States State Department and government. With all of the events that took place during this time, they all added up to cause a scare in America at the time. I believe that McCarthy was the main cause of the Red Scare because of his accusations of many American people. McCarthy accused American citizens as well as the United States government while HUAC only accused Hollywood
The Reagan administration’s disobedience against the law resulted in war. In Nicaragua, the Somoza dynasty was overthrown by a popular Sandinista movement that intended to create a socialist economy. The Reagan administration believed that it was necessary to fight the Sandinista forces because their revolution was considered a communist threat. Consequently, the CIA organized a counter-revolutionary force called the contras to wage a secret war against the Sandinistas. Polls showed that the American public didn’t support United States involvement in Nicaragua, and later that year Congress “made it illegal for the United States to support ‘directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua’” (585-586).
(Gerard et al 58) He was seen as “ another or worse Fidel Castro” by the CIA. (Namikas 146) If he stayed in power, communism would take over the country which would be a global disaster, as thought by the CIA director. (Villafaña 6) Turned to the United States and the Soviet Union because he did not trust Belgium to help for the independence (Namikas
The Cold War did occur after WWII between the United States and The Soviet Union at the time of President Ronald Reagan administration. The Soviet union and its government had the ideology of spreading communism around the world. The United States was against communism and this why the country went to war with Vietnam. "Containment" was the ultimate goal by the U.S. to preventing communism from happen worldwide. My perception of the Cold War and the War on Terror is due to the lack of the United States government to understanding other countries language, culture and way of life.
Nicaragua is a country that has been through a lot of revolutionary blood, sweat, and tears. The sad part is that the revolution was a battle of brothers, the Samoza family who were the family that were the political power and the Sandinistas the rebel group. Things really changed when the US interfered, their primary objective was to prevent the spread communism across Latin America instead of ensuring the safety of the Nicaraguan people. In this case the Sandinistas were who were strongly influenced by Marxist ideology were trying to accomplish a few things, avenge the death of their leader Sandino and to help improve the standard of living of the Nicaraguan people who much of whom lived in poverty. Nicaragua has always been a nation of
Political insurgency across Latin America intended to fight for justice and equity but compromised democracy and human rights in the process. The Cuban Revolution inspired a political revolt against the United States, resisting against its economic hegemony, but forces from above complicated matters. In Nicaragua, for example, Sandino’s “willingness to defy the United States” surged a political conflict with Somoza and eventually lead to his assassination (Kinzer 31). Somoza’s rise to power came through a de facto electoral proceeding and his use of oppressive tactics to eventually become dictator. His ruling only came to perpetuate the influence of the United States in Nicaragua and spurred the start of the bloody pathway of counter-insurgencies.